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:00. see you then. captions by: caption colorado >> schieffer: tonight, belgium says it has stopped another it has stopped an "charlie hebdo." the police stage a series of raids against an islamic terror group they say was planning a major attack. charlie d'agata is in belgium with the latest. even if you got a flu shot there is still a good chance you'll get the flu. dr. jon lapook has the new numbers from the c.d.c. while the west coast waits for the big one, the small ones hit new england. jericka duncan on a series of earthquakes centered in connecticut. and john blackstone with the men who conquered el capitan. >> reporter: you seem to be defying gravity. i >> that's what we do up there, i guess. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> schieffer: good evening. scott's on assignment. i'm bob schieffer. this is our western edition. well, there was a wild shoot-out 75 miles from brussels today and belgium police believe they may have prevented a terrorist attack similar to the one in paris. two heavily armed men were killed, another wounded. and there is a wide dragnet out for more people believed involved in the plot, which is thought to be aimed at police buildings. our charlie d'agata is in belgium. he has more. >> reporter: gunfire rang out as police raided a house in verviers and fire burned inside. the two men shot dead had terror links to syria. an injured man was arrested. police say the suspects were heavily armed with automatic weapons and opened fire first. ey eyewitnesses reported hearing explosions. police cordoned off the street as a bomb disposal team arrived.
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authorities say this was an active terror cell they've been monitoring for weeks when they realized an attack was imminent. they were reportedly plotting to attack police buildings on a grand scale, according to belgian authorities. the gunfire in belgium comes just a week after the attacks in paris that killed 17 people. there's no link so far between the two, but the hunt for accomplices in the paris incidents has put a jittery europe on heightened alert. there are also reports that weapons used in the paris attacks were purchased in belgium. amedy coulibaly, who prosecutors say killed four people in a kosher supermarket, is said to have bought automatic weapons and rocket launchers around brussels. belgium has one of europe's highest rates of nationals going to syria to join the jihad, and many have appeared in propaganda videos like this one.
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western governments are increasingly alarmed at what happens when these battle- hardened fighters return home. we're told this is an ongoing operation, police raiding locations around the country including some around brussels. and, bob, tonight, we're learning from local media that police found automatic weapons police uniforms and bomb-making material at that location in verviers. >> schieffer: charlie d'agata, thanks, charlie. four days after the solidarity march in paris, secretary of state john kerry arrived there telling reporters he wanted to give the french people a big hug. and on his way to the philippines pope francis spoke about the attacks. he is among a growing group raising questions now about the response to them. elizabeth palmer is in she's following that part of the story. liz. >> reporter: good evening, bob. in the poor suburbs around paris with large muslim populations, some of the students refused to
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observe the minute silence as a tribute to the dead cartoonists. now, few would go as far as to say they deserved to die for what they drew, but some saidth what many are thinking, and that is that the paper should have held back out of respect to islam. it's a theme that the poperip picked up today on his trip to the philippines. he said freedom of expression should have limits, especially when it comes to religion. the french government is now wrestling to figure out where to set those limits, and as a case in point, two municipal employees in the city of lille also decided not to observe that minute of silence and they lost their jobs, prompting some critics to say, well, so much for freedom of expression. >> schieffer: elizabeth palmer in paris. thanks, liz. in this country, we learned more today about christopher cornell, the american sympathizer of thel, isis terror group who was arrested yesterday for plotting to blow up the u.s. capitol anday shoot members of congress. he is being held in an ohio jail, and jeff pegues has more on that.
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>> reporter: investigators believe the 20-year-old considered members of congress enemies. house speaker john boehner says electronic surveillance was used to stop the plot. >> the first thing that strikes me is that we would have never known about this had it not been for the fisa program and our ability to collect information on people who pose an imminent threat. >> reporter: law enforcement sources would not confirm whether the foreign intelligence surveillance act, or fisa program was used during the investigation. it authorizes electronic surveillance overseas without a warrant. his parents say cornell converted to islam six months ago. investigators believe he posted social media messages in support of isis and tried to contact persons overseas for authorization to conduct a terror attack in the u.s. in cincinnati, ohio, the former high school wrestler is described as a typical student. john cornell is his father. >> i think he was a really
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really vulnerable kid, just a big kid. >> reporter: christopher cornell is expected in court tomorrow. bob, here today, members of congress and their staff weree reminded in a message from the sergeant at arms that the capitol building remains a high- profile target for terrorists. >> schieffer: all right, thank you, jeff. the center for disease control said today the flu is very active now in more than half the states, the 26 you see in red. 26 children are among the victims. the flu vaccine is not doing a very good job this year of preventing people from catching the virus. jon lapook, our doctor, has that. >> reporter: heather douglas and all four of her children got flu vaccine this year, but heather her baby, and six-year-old piper still got the flu. piper had to be hospitalized. >> so it was, like, a waste of six doctors' appointments for my whole family and time and, of
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course, lots of tears over-- from little girls who don't want to get shots. >> reporter: today, the c.d.c. said this season's flu vaccine is only 23% effective. the second worst flu vaccine in a decade. early on, the c.d.c. realized this year's vaccine is poorly matched to the virus, but it was too late to change it. dr. alicia fry is a c.d.c. epidemiologist. >> if we look over the course of time that we've been monitoring vaccine effectiveness, effectiveness can range from 10% to 60%. >> reporter: the flu vaccine is made by isolating specific proteins from the surface of the virus. the vaccine causes the body to make antibodies and immune cells that recognize and lock on to those viral proteins. when there is a good match, the two fit well together. but when a virus mutates, as happened this year, the two don't lock together as well and the virus escapes the immune system. dr. david nance at the university of pittsburgh medical center rubs a flu-prevention program for seniors.fl
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the elderly have the highest risk of dying from influenza. >> it is not too late to get the flu shot. despite the reduced efficacy there's still a value to this flu shot. and if you don't get the flu shot, you won't have any protection. >> reporter: in addition to the less-effective vaccine, the predominant flu strain is nastier than usual this season so in addition to vaccination, the c.d.c. recommends the prompt use of antivirals such as tamiflu and relenza, especially for elderly patients with the flu. >> schieffer: i'll remember that, jon. thank you. for millions of american workers, getting the flu or any other illness that keeps them off their job can mean a loss of pay. the president addressed that today, and chief white house correspondent major garrett has that. >> reporter: with his signature, president obama ordered federal agencies to provide six weeks of paid leave for any employee who needs time off to care for a newborn, an adopted child, or sick family member.e the president ate lunch today with three working mothers in baltimore to symbolize his
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interest in workplace issues. >> you know, one of the biggest problems that we have is that there are 43 million americans who don't get paid sick leave. >> reporter: in 60% of families, both parents work.'s that's up from 40% in 1965. the white house wants states to create more earned sick leave and congress to require companies to provide at least seven days a year of earned maternity or sick leave. caitlin butler rothstein is expecting her first child, a boy, this spring. a lawyer who now works a part- time retail job, rothstein said unpaid leave creates anxiety for all working moms. >> i think when you are taking unpaid leave, it sends a message that what you've done isn't of any value, that the work you've done prior isn't of any value. and what you're going to do isn't of any value. >> reporter: republican congresswoman martha roby of alabama, a mother of two, wrote a paid leave bill that pass the the house in 2013.
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it would allow employees and employers to trade overtime hours for either pay or time off. roby opposes a federal mandate for paid leave. >> this is about flexibility for hardworking americans that just want the government to get out of the way. >> reporter: the white houseos says the cost of federal leave is about $250 million a year. bob, in the private sector the estimated cost: $2.5 billion every year. >> schieffer: thank you, major. the federal government put out new rules today that ease restrictions on travel to and trade with cuba. starting tomorrow, most u.s. citizens will be able to travel there without special permits. this is the latest step in president obama's plan to rebuild relations with cuba's communist government. the trade embargo remains in effect. only congress can lift that. the u.s. housing market is showing new signs of rebounding. a report out today says that foreclosures fell 18% last year
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to the lowest level since 2006. that's before the housing bubble burst. mark strassmann tells us more people now are looking to buy. >> reporter: paul and allison powers know they need a bigger house. they have connor, their 16- month-old, and a baby on the way. their house has less than 1,000 square feet and one bathroom. >> it would be nice to get into something that's going to last them through their school years and something that's going to fit our needs. >> reporter: and budget. >> and budget, yes. >> reporter:and this rate does what? >> you know, we were going to have to move anyway, but at least it's not making us house poor. >> reporter: a year ago the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage was 4.41. today it's 3.66. the 15-year fixed rate, 3.45 a year ago, 2.98 today. mortgage applications havemped 4 jumped 49% in the last week, according to the mortgage bankers association. >> i woke up this morning and
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had about 15 e-mails from past clients. >> reporter: brian berman has been a mortgage lender and broker for 11 years. >> that's pretty unusual. usually one or two past clients a week check in on something for refinance purposes, that's more common. but 15 in the 24-hour period, or just overnight, is a lot. >> reporter: the powers say they can now move into the new neighborhood they want. their current house has finally recovered its pre-recession value. this latest dip in the mortgage rates makes all the difference. >> we'd like to put on the market at the end of february and be in our new house by april. >> reporter: that's what the difference is. >> yeah.t' >> reporter: here in georgiaor the number of foreclosures is also below what it was in 200606 before the recession. and, brian berman, that mortgage broker, he told me three years ago, the majority of his applications for loans were for foreclosures. bob, he's had none in the last six months. >> schieffer: all right, thank you very much, mark. one thing that could disrupt the economy is the slowdown at the
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big shipping ports in southern california. dock workers are at odds with shipping companies. the result is a bottleneck in america's supply chain. carter evans now with that. >> reporter: row after row of shipping containers are piling up dockside at the ports of los angeles and long beach, a billion dollars of new cargo comes through here every day and just sits. >> we ordered most of this stuff in august, september. >> reporter: brian jablon runs stansport, a company that supplies camping gear to businesses, including amazon target, and home depot. >> right now there's 32 containers we have sitting out in the ocean we're waiting to get in the door. >> reporter: so your company's big investments are essentially floating around in the pacific ocean right now. >> correct. >> this is for a garden store. >> reporter: lisa foster owns "one bag at a time," which sells reusable shopping bags to retail stores. >> normally i get a container within three to five days. but i've had delays of up to seven weeks now. >> reporter: fashion retailers
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ann taylor and lululemon estimate shipping delays cost them eight to $10 million. perry ellis had $6 million worth of clothing stuck in port. business owners across the country say they're collateral damage in a bitter contract dispute that began last summer. each side is blame the other for the backlog. the result-- businesses have no idea when their goods will be delivered. >> they're calling me for april, and that's impossible. >> reporter: you can't guarantee a delivery by april. >> i can't guarantee a deliveryapril. in may. g >> we're all being played as pawns. ultimately, every single one of us in this country is going to end up paying for this. >> reporter: more than 40% of the nation's imports land on these docks, and shipping companies say they are on the brink of a full shutdown. if that happens, bob, the national retail federation says the impact on the u.s. economy could reach $2.5 billion a day.
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>> schieffer: all right, thank you, carter. you don't think of new englandy, s as earthquake country, so how doth you explain 12 earthquakes in the past week? of course, that is nothing compared to iceland's latested eruption. we'll show you that, too, when the cbs evening news continues. sometimes breathing air can be difficult. if you have copd, ask your doctor about once-daily anoro ellipta. it helps people with copd breathe better for a full 24hours. anoro ellipta is the first fda-approved product containing two long-acting bronchodilators in one inhaler. anoro is not for asthma. anoro contains a type of medicine that increases risk of death in people with asthma. it is not known if this risk is increased in copd. anoro won't replace rescue inhalers for sudden copd symptoms and should not be used more than once a day. tell your doctor if you have a heart condition, or high blood pressure.
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>> reporter: in the last week, rattled plainfield, connecticutnts residents had made more than 300 calls to 911. >> reporter: marian diggs says she's felt every earthquake. >> i was sitting in bed drinking my early-morning cup of coffee before everybody got up-- my time-- and all of a sudden i heard this loud boom. >> reporter: people here have reported minor damage from the 12 earthquakes that have hit between the towns of danielson and plainfield. most had been under two magnitude. the largest occurred monday morning at 3.1. seismologists at boston college western observatory are collecting data hoping to find out why the so-called swarms are happening. >> we've had a few scattered epicenters in the past from that part of the state, but this is some something that's new for us. >> reporter: scientists tell us earthquakes are usually caused
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when underground plates move from side to side. in connecticut, the plates are moving up and down. plainfield police chief michael supernant says without answers the phone calls from worried residents continue. >> we can't put our finger or it, and before you even know what's happening, it's over. >> reporter: it's the talk of the town right now? >> yeah, it's taking up a lot of our time and i can honestly say i think for a week i've gotten no police work done. >> reporter: hydraulic fracking has been blamed for causing some earthquakes in pennsylvania andhoma oklahoma, but, bob, officials here have ruled out man-made disturbances as a cause. >> schieffer: okay, jericka, thank you. the oscar nominations caused an uproar on social media today. that story is coming up. uproar on social media today. that story is coming up
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to do is just wrap myself around my wife and hold my little kid. >> reporter: today, their callused fingers were still sore and caldwell's voice is still gone. ( whispering ) >> spent a lot of time yelling a couple of hundred feet away to your partner. >> reporter: as they challenged the walls, photographers hung onpe ropes nearby and crowds watched through long lenses from the meadow below. but the struggle was theirs alone. >> when you're in the moment and you're climbing those pitches, it's as-- it's as solitary as you can get. it's just you and-- and the moves. >> reporter: you seem to be defying gravity.ha >> that's what we do up there, i guess. it's dead vertical in a lot of places. you can get away with standing on and hanging on to very small s holds, so it creates really cool technical terrain that you can choreograph or navigate. >> reporter: we've seen those falls. what is that like? is that frightening? >> a lot of times i feel like when i start to fall, my mind is still doing the move.
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there's, like, a lag to the fact that i'm actually falling. and then you're on the end of the rope, and you have to try again. >> reporter: the crowd, watching from below, were just small dots, but two of those dots were caldwell's wife, becca, and their son, fitz. becca said to me that she thought sometimes you're more comfortable hanging off a mountain than you are on flat ground. >> yeah. i'm pretty comfortable up there. and pretty much in awe of the rest of life. i'm super clumsy. i'm not very smart. >> reporter: you're super clumsy. >> i'm not very smart. i forget stuff all the time. >> reporter: but on the-- on the wall there-- >> yeah it all comes together. >> reporter: over the last 19 days, it all came together to make rock climbing history. john blackstone, cbs news, yosemite national park. >> schieffer: and that's the news. for scott pelley, and all of us here at cbs news, i'm bob schieffer. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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linda macdonald is captioning for you in real time. now at 6:00, bay area schools performing so badly that now their district is looking to give them away. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. it seems like a desperate act by the oakland unified school district. it's ready to wash its hands of some of the most troubled schools including three high schools, a middle school and elementary school. kpix 5's da lin is live at fremont high school, where students say the district is giving up. da. >> reporter: well, this is one of those five schools some of the worst performing schools in the region for decades. the district of course won't admit it's given up but they will admit they do need new ideas and perhaps new control that would come from outside of
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o usd. this fremont high school senior says change can't come soon enough. they say the latest attempts won't work. >> you guys aren't scientists. therefore, do not experiment with our education. >> reporter: fremont high and the four other schools have gone through a revolving door of educational makeovers. >> we have had a different schedule every year. >> reporter: the district says these schools even get 40% more money than higher performing schools. but nothing work. castlemont high and its east oakland neighborhood are still known as the killing field. and enrollments have gone down from 800 students to 250. the district is open to charters and other organizations to take them over. >> we are not satisfied with where they are now. and this is an affirmative step to say that we as a district will ensure that these schools are successful. >> reporter: critics say it's a simple fix. invest in these failing schools. students


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